There it is the turning point in Death’s career. The most
controversial album of all - is it death metal, or is it thrash
metal? Many people claim it is true death metal, but the only
way they would convince me is play me the album, recorded on
a low-fi MC, which has been re-recorded numerous times.
However, I call it thrash,
because Chuck has never quite been a death metal vocalist. After
all nobody calls Sepultura's "Chaos A.D." death metal,
despite Max Cavalera's very convincing throat. One thing is
sure, though, this is a back to the roots album with many of
death metal's ingredients present on two or three songs, but
not more. It is heavy, slow at moments and very metal. This
is true metal in fact. The deep, thick sound is there and if
it weren't for the fast and extremely technical performance
of this inexhaustible source of guitar inspiration, flowing
like a stream into his music and into the hearts, minds and
souls of many musicians and fans for the coming times.
The album is one of the best, being an important one for Death
on their way to eternal musicianship. It is a brutal, harsh
and devastating album with a lot of inspiration and music put
in it, absolutely heavy and crushing. It will remain the history
of metal as a by-the-book playing of raw, brutal and heavy music.